Matt Bottrill sets a new course record in the Kettering CC Hilly, marking his 2015 race debut with a victory

Matt Bottrill (Drag2Zero) kicked off his 2015 season pretty much as he left off last year: with a victory and a new course record at the Kettering CC hilly 20-mile time trial in Northamptonshire on Sunday.

Current triple national champion Bottrill posted a time of 41 minutes and 52 seconds under sunny skies to create a new record for the course. Second-placed Andy Jackson (Team Swift) came in with 43-30, one minute and 38 seconds adrift of Bottrill.

Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) clocked the third fastest time of the day with 44-09. Fastest woman was Linda Hubbard (Welland Valley CC), who posted a time of 53-46.

Last year, Bottrill took his first 25-mile national championship title, a victory which he later described as the ‘best of his career’. He also took the national 50-mile TT title and set a new championship record for the national 10-mile TT to take that title too.

Bottrill looks set to continue being a dominant force in domestic time trialling for the 2015 season – a fact made all the more remarkable given that Bottrill is a full-time postman and looks after his three young children when not working or training.

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Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill during the Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill’s face of concentration

Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill took advantage of favourable conditions to post a fast time

Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill heads into the 2015 season as Britain’s fastest domestic rider against the clock